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Mary E. Reich

Born: Thu., Dec. 5, 1918
Died: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Thu., Jan. 30, 2020
Location: The Chapel Of the Sacred Heart (formerly St.Stephen's Church)

Mass of Christian Burial

11:30 AM Thu., Jan. 30, 2020
Location: The Chapel Of the Sacred Heart (formerly St.Stephen's Church)


Thu., Jan. 30, 2020
Location: Resurrection Cemetery

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Mary E. Reich, age 101, was born to Mary Novak and Frank Reich on December 5, 1918 in Iselin, Pennsylvania. The family relocated to Chicago where Mary lived all her life. She was proud to say she came from the Pilsen Neighborhood. Mary was devoted and loyal to her community, her church, her family, and her friends. Her life was filled with 101 years of love, laughter, and friendship. “They say you can take the girl out of the neighborhood- but you cannot take the neighborhood out of the girl!”  This was true of Mary… Until 3 years ago, she lived in her home on 23rd Street with her sister Elsie. When it became evident that Mary and Elsie required full-time care, their beloved home was sold and the two sisters were separated. Elsie moved to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin to be cared for by her Daughter Donna and Son-in-Law, Craig. Mary moved into her Brother Bill’s home in Oak Lawn. She lived there with her Sister-in-Law, Joan, Nieces Barbara and Carol, Caregiver Birute, and 3 Dogs, Tyrant, Sarge, and Reilly. Mary was strong and kept going and going until the morning of January 26th when she learned that her sister Elsie had died.  12 hours later, Mary gave up her fight and joined her beloved sister.                

     Elsie must have said:
“Remember all the days we spent together, and how we hoped that they would never end? They never really did, my Dear Mary. Now we are together again- reunited with Chris, Momma and Daddy. Heaven has been almost perfect. But true Paradise, began today when He sent me out to greet you so we would all be –together again.”

Mary leaves behind a family who dearly loved her. She was a devoted Sister to Bill (Joan) Reich, the late Elsie Ciszek, and the late Christine (John) Pirman. Mary was a treasured Aunt to Barbara and Carol Reich, Daniel (Rosanne) Ciszek, and Donna (Craig) Cerer. She was a cherished Great Aunt to Daniel (Mary Kate) Zielinski, Anne Marie Zielinski, Glenn (Autumn) Latronico, Sheri (Dominick) Latronico-Yale, Jim (Maureen) Cerer, Julie (Mike) Siegler, Dan (Tracy), David (Beth), Paul, Mark, and Steve (Amber) Ciszek. Great-Great Aunt to Grace and Ellie Zielinski, Zoey Rae and Reilly Latronico, and Nixon Latronico-Yale, Jace, Jacob, Joey, Samantha, and Tyler, Ciszek and Brianna James , AJ, Matthew, Corey, Austin, and Aiden Cerer, Logan and Hailey Siegler. Great great great aunt to Corbin Sloan.  Mary was retired from CE Morgan. She was a proud member of the Slovenian Union of America Chicago Branch.
Together again, we will celebrate Mary's and Elsie’s lives on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at The Chapel of the Sacred Heart (formerly St. Stephen’s Church) 1852 West 22nd Place, Chicago, Illinois.  Visitation: 10:00AM until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.  Internment: Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Slovene Culture Center or Cristo Rey High School.

Arrangements entrusted to Debbie Zefran-Jerry office: 630-230-8399 cell:708-212-0413

*PLEASE Note- If you are attending the Visitation and/or Mass, please consider car-pooling. Parking in the neighborhood is limited and is by permit only. If you are driving, please come into the church to receive a FUNERAL sticker.

Charitable donations may be made in Mary's memory to the following organizations:

Christo Rey High School
1852 West 22nd Place Chicago, Illinois 60608
Tel: 773-890-6834

The Slovenian Catholic Cultural Center
14252 Main Street, Lemont, IL. 60439
Tel: 630-243-0670

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